Geneva 2011: Toyota iQ EV Concept

2011 Geneva Motor Show

One of Toyota's offerings at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was the iQ EV Concept. This is the electric version of the mini iQ model (relative of the more expensive Aston Cygnet) that isn't even out for production yet. The iQ EV comes a 63-horsepower permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and 11 kWh lithium-ion battery located in the bed of the car. Toyota claims this layout will not eat up cabin space in the minicar.

0 to 60 mph time takes a hideously long 14 seconds to complete, and its top speed rests uneasily at 78 mph. The range on a full charge is 65 miles. The EV features the basics inside, and the entire vehicle can be 80 percent recharged at a DC quick charge station in just 15 minutes. Toyota will begin testing the iQ EV in Europe, Japan and the U.S. this year.

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